With the Bengals having only one CB on the roster under the age of 25 (Brandon Ghee), they were in desperate need of a CB to add some youth and depth to their defensive backfield. With the 17th overall pick, the Bengals drafted Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick, who was the best-rated CB prospect on the board, and the Bengals chose to go with the need position. You can view our pre-draft profile of Kirkpatrick here. Now for the good that came of this pick:
Kirk is a very physical CB who will play run-support very well in a division that now has Ray Rice, Reshard Mendenhall, and Trent Richardson.
Now that CB is addressed, the Bengals won’t have to take a chance on a talented but trouble player in North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins, or spend a pick on a developmental prospect like Ryan Steed(Furman) or Trumaine Johnson(Montana).